Ormandy: Bartok Concerto for Orchestra (rec. 1963) - CBS 61125, stunning!
Jacket EX / LP EX / UK pressing
This handsome LP from CBS Classics (61125, English pressing, red/black lable, stereo) features Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra’s high-octane account of Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra Sz. 116, sumptuously recorded at Town Hall, Philadelphia, on 13 October 1963 (producer: Thomas Frost).
This was the second of three commerical recordings Ormandy would make of this work, very much a specialty of his. Comparisons with Reiner and the mighty Chicago Symphony Orchestra are not to Ormandy’s disadvantage and he and the a “Fabulous Philadelphians” bring a dynamism and chrome-plated, gleaming sound to this score that is breathtaking.
Incidentally, there are superb liner notes on the reverse side of the jacket by Herbert Reid, printed in English only. On the back side of the jacket it states: “Cover photo of the Philadelphia Orchestra taken by remote camera from the ceiling of Philharmonic Hall, Lincoln Center, by Don Hunstein and Sandy Speiser.
The gradations of condition I use are as follows: MINT, Near-Mint, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor.
The condition of the jacket is EXCELLENT. There are minor instances of creasing and some minuscule wear at corners, but that is all. There are no seamsplits, bends, owners’ markings, or other defects, and the albuym remains solid, bright, glossy, and highly attractive – overall, an excellent collector's copy.
The condition of the LP itself is EXCELLENT. Although the surfaces are not absolutely silent, really this is a fine copy and the playback is enjoyable. Those requiring a flawless or near-MINT copy are kindly advised to look elsewhere. Overall, this is an excellent collector's copy.